The Holy Family with Saints and Angels

The Christ Child and the infant Saint John embrace each other across the lap of the Virgin. Saint Elizabeth kneels at the right, and Saint Joseph is in the shadows further back. The meeting of the infant John the Baptist and his mother, Elizabeth, with the Holy Family is not recounted in the Bible but derives from Near Eastern Apocrypha sources.

The style of painting is influenced by Parmigianino, and the composition is influenced by Raphael. The painter's alteration of the outline of the angel's wings is visible.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1612 - 1663
Full title
Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, Saint Elizabeth and Three Figures
Date made
about 1642
Medium and support
Oil on wood
31.6 x 22.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by George Fielder, 1908
Inventory number
Location in Gallery